The 1986 NFL Draft was held from April 29-30 in New York City. The San Francisco 49ers achieved what has been labeled as one of the best drafts in NFL history. Head Coach Bill Walsh was able to convert 8 draft picks into 14 picks through draft-day trades, and 8 of the 14 picks would go on to start in at least one Super Bowl for the 49ers.
The 49ers' first pick in the draft was Larry Roberts, a defensive end they selected in the second round. Roberts played 8 seasons for the 49ers and he also started in Super Bowl XXIII for the 49ers. The 49ers then selected fullback Tom Rathman with the first pick in the third round. Rathman would go on to play 9 seasons in the NFL, 8 of which were with the 49ers, and he started in and helped the 49ers win 2 Super Bowls.
8 selections later in the third round the 49ers chose cornerback Tim McKyer, who became an immediate starter as a rookie and would go on to start in and help the 49ers win 2 Super Bowls. Also in the third round, 12 selections after McKyer, the 49ers chose wide receiver John Taylor. Taylor was named to two Pro Bowls (1988 and 1989), he was an All-Pro selection in both of those years, he was a 3 time Super Bowl Champion with the 49ers and he was named to the 1980's All-Decade Team.
Not to be outdone by their 3rd round picks, the 49ers continued to find great talent well into the 4th round. The 49ers chose linebacker/defensive end Charles Haley with the 96th overall selection in the 4th round. Haley would later be selected to 5 Pro Bowls, he was named All-Pro twice, and he played in and helped win 5 Super Bowls (2 of which were with the 49ers). With the 101st pick in the 4th round, the 49ers selected offensive lineman Steve Wallace. Wallace would go on to play in one Pro Bowl, he was named All-Pro twice, and he started in and helped the 49ers win 3 Super Bowls.
Defensive End Kevin Fagan was chosen with the 102nd pick of the 4th round by the 49ers, and he would go on to start as a defensive lineman while helping the 49ers win 2 Super Bowls. In Round 6, with the 162nd overall pick, the 49ers chose cornerback Don Griffin. Griffin would go on to play in the NFL for 11 seasons, and he started in and helped the 49ers win 2 Super Bowls.